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  1. Self Rescue in a Cold Water Environment IASST Conference 22 May 2006 Sydney, Nova Scotia

  2. Who needs to prepare? • Anyone who works on or over water • Not just the ocean! • Lakes, ponds, rivers • Includes snowmobile operators (Why?)

  3. Who needs to prepare?

  4. Who needs to prepare?

  5. Training issues • Initial courses (i.e. M.E.D.) • Continued proficiency • TC 24/25 regulations • Quality/frequency of drills held aboard the vessel • Assigned duties – muster list

  6. RNLI

  7. Equipment issues - training • Lifeboat • Liferaft launch and boarding • Immersion suits • Use of flares

  8. Training use of Flares

  9. Liferaft training

  10. Voyage preparation • Pre-departure checklist • Weather info • Sail/float plan • PFD / Lifejacket

  11. Sudden immersion

  12. Immersion recovery - parbuckling

  13. Immersion recovery - parbuckling

  14. Rescue Frame

  15. Rescue frame

  16. Post immersion care • First Aid First! • Readily available equipment • Seek shelter • Signal for help (Sail plan) • Stay as dry as possible

  17. Other issues • Rescue reluctance (fear of authorities) • Equipment updating/replacement • Snowmobiling – lack of regulations • Traditional/cultural attitudes

  18. Thanx! • “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” • “28g of prevention is worth .45 a kilo of cure”